"He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough."
Please contact VDOT by June 16 regarding feasibility study for parallel bike trail to I-66. The key points are
1. Please fund the parallel bike trail (the widening is now funded but not the parallel trail!)
2. For rebuil
Video shows dramatic descent from Bles Park Overlook to Broad Run. At 0:08 you see an alternate route down, if the one shown induces too much vertigo. At the bottom, at 1:25, you'll see a spot where Murphy Jenkins of Loudoun
UPDATE June 8: The Board overrode Hyland's objections, to approve the less-scenic northern alignment at Fairfax Water, instead of the Cliffside route we advocated. Video of the depressing and rather bizarre decision process is at bit.ly/b
UPDATE 5/1: The 4/28 Board of Supervisors public hearing featured strong pro-trail testimony, emphasizing spectacular scenery, major connectivity and compatibility of trails with public infrastructure and security. Fairfax Water will provide chance for other supervisors to hike the Cliffside route, a good sign. Decision deferred to May 12. More details, with video, coming soon.
Please tell the Supervisors "I support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water" (703-324-3151 or clerktotheBOS@fairfaxcount>y.gov). Better yet, call that number and reserve a slot to testify at the Fx County Govt. Center public hearing on April 28 (this has the impact of 20 e-mails). It starts at 3:30 pm; first public speaker likely around 4:15.
On April 21, Supervisor Hyland arranged with Fairfax Water a hike along...
Final repairs are complete now for the PHNST in Great Falls National Park just north of Georgetown Pike. This part, along Difficult Run, also serves as the northernmost piece of the Cross County Trail. The trail has been essentially complete since February but now all the "t"s are crossed and it is officially open! Congratulations to Don Briggs, Brent O'Neill, and others for getting this done.
Of course, we at PHTA, and Great Falls Trailblazers, have been actively advocating for this important project!
HEAR YE HEAR YE!!!
I'm pleased to announce that as part of the NVA Trail Fest on May 2 that was announced here, there will be 2 kayak tours that explore sections of Potomac River water trails. Take lots of pics and be prepared to share your experiences with your fellow trail fest attendees!
Friday April 17, Whites Ford Regional Park to Algonkian Regional Park (14+ miles). This is a weekday but boy what a perfect day to play hooky from work :-) We'll meet at the gravel lot next to the Algonkian boat launch at 8:00AM. ***NOTE*** - There's nothing of significance water hazard wise in the route but it is a long paddle so be prepared to spend all day...
Join our friends at Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition for 3 worktrips (details here):
March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Broad Run Trail workday
March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Clean-up at Veteran’s Park and Marumsco creek (on the Potomac Heritage Trail in Woodbridge)
April 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Occoquan River Cleanup